Post-burn deformities can cause loss of livelihood and more importantly, a loss of self-worth. Though many burn-related deformities can be corrected to help the survivors lead a productive life, tragically many of these potential patients are women and come from a social strata that exclude them from the service loop of reconstructive surgeries. Affordability, lack of awareness, lack of supportive guidance, are some of the bottlenecks.
BSMS Trust’s "Burns to Shine" project helps such burn survivors regain their independence and self-worth through free reconstructive surgeries. Over the past 6 years, the Burns to Shine initiative has facilitated reconstructive surgeries for 112 survivors, conducted counseling & rehabilitation for 850+ survivors, and conducted many awareness programs across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala.
With this track record, BSMS Trust is looking to increase its impact and aspires to do reconstructive surgeries for 30+ patients in the current financial year. To make this project possible, BSMS Trust is looking to raise INR. 20,00,000/-
Neehaari's work has been extensively covered and she has received numerous awards and recognitions:
- Covered in the German book "IN / VISIBLE" published in 2014 in Germany
- Autobiography, titled “Maattathinte Kuthipp” published in Malayalam
- Honored with the "Bharath Today Prem Divas” award for best social activist in 2018.
- "Lady Legend” award from Raja Ratnam Education and Health Care Trust headed by ex-Minister, T. Subbarami Reddy
- “Antyodaya Nayak” award from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda (2019)
- "I Am Women” award for "Women of Courage" from Karan Gupta Foundation (2019)
- WEAA India Award in Best Social Activist category in 2020